Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Career Planning 101: Gearing Up For Your Public Relations Journey

Is graduation starting to make you nervous about finding a job? Are you wondering about what employers are looking for in a new hire? If so, Career Planning 101: Gearing Up For Your Public Relations Journey with Timmian Massie is the perfect Marist PRSSA Regional Conference session for you! You won’t want to miss this crash course on the essentials needed for a successful future in public relations.

Massie’s interactive career-planning session will cover topics such as what employers look for in a new hire, the value of networking and how to use social media to find a job. He’ll also take questions from the audience. If you’re eager to take charge of your own career, then this session is for you.

Massie is the senior vice president of public affairs and government relations for HealthQuest. He began his career as a local radio news reporter and went on to hold positions such as assistant to the chairman of the Dutchess County Legislature, director of corporate communications at Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation and chief public affairs officer at Marist College. Massie is also an adjunct professor and one of our chapter’s professional advisers. In addition, he has served on more than 50 nonprofit boards in the Hudson Valley and New York City and is a nationally recognized leader in the use of social media.

Don’t miss Career Planning 101:  Gearing Up For Your Public Relations Journey
at the Marist PRSSA Regional Conference on February 28, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Be sure to follow @tcmassie on Twitter!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Friday Night Networking Event to be Held at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Home

The Marist College PRSSA Regional Conference Committee is pleased to announce that its networking event will be held on Friday, February 27, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Home, which is located a short drive from Marist College in nearby Hyde Park. The FDR Presidential Library and Home is America’s first presidential library and a popular attraction for visitors to the Hudson Valley region of New York. We thank the staff of the FDR Presidential Library and Home for helping us make this event possible.  

What is the Itinerary for the Evening?

Conference attendees will be greeted in the lobby and given a brief overview of the FDR Presidential Library and Home before embarking on an hour-long self-guided tour. Upon completing the tour, attendees will meet up in The Henry A. Wallace Center for the networking portion of the evening’s event. There will be brief remarks and light refreshments served. Please check the conference website for transportation-related information.    

What Can I Expect to See?

Attendees will journey back in time to experience the Roosevelt presidency beginning from the Great Depression through the New Deal and World War II. In particular, the FDR Presidential Library and Home includes interactive exhibits along with some of the President’s personal treasures.

What Should I Bring?

Since this is a networking event, it is recommended that you dress in business attire and bring business cards to swap with fellow conference attendees – remember, building relationships is important in our industry.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Marist College PRSSA Receives Second National Award

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (Jan. 28, 2015) – The Marist College Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter has been honored with its second national award this school year. Marist PRSSA received the Pacesetter Chapter Recognition Award for September after participating in PRSSA’s National Ethics Month.

The Chapter submitted an application for the Pacesetter following its interactive Q-and-A Skype session with the Founder and Chairman of Golin, Al Golin. The session took place on Sept. 17 and was moderated by PRSSA Faculty Adviser Jennie Donohue. The hour-long Q- and-A covered topics including Golin’s revolutionary “Trust Bank” concept, the importance of transparency and business ethics, as well as the need to build interpersonal relationships in today’s high-tech, low-touch culture.
Approximately 50 students from the Marist College School of Communication and the Arts attended the event, which was live tweeted using the hashtags #MCOM347 and #MaristPRSSA. More than half of the students in attendance were active PRSSA members. The Marist College PRSSA Chapter also used this event as a recruiting opportunity to gain new members for the 2014-2015 academic year.

This is the second national award that Marist PRSSA has won this year, including a Star Chapter Award in October.

About Marist PRSSA
The Marist Red Foxes PRSSA Chapter was founded in 2006 and is the recipient of a PRSSA Star Chapter Award that recognizes the activities and relationship-building opportunities the Chapter offers its members. Now in its eighth year, it has more than 80 members and hosts a variety of events to help foster a clear understanding of the public relations industry and prepare members for life after graduation. Follow Marist PRSSA on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Blogspot and Pinterest.


Jennie Donohue | Professional Lecturer and Marist PRSSA Faculty Adviser |


Julianna Sheridan | Director of Public Relations for Marist PRSSA |

Monday, February 2, 2015

Keynote Speaker: Michael O'Looney

The Marist Communication Department has its share of extremely successful alumni. Did you know one particular Marist alumnus is also an Emmy-nominated reporter, previous Deputy Commissioner for Public Information for the New York City Police Department and has overseen corporate communications in the Americas for Barclays PLC and for Merrill Lynch? We are extremely excited to have Michael O’Looney, current head of communications at Elliott Management Corporation, as the Marist PRSSA Regional Conference keynote speaker.

Michael began his career journey in broadcast journalism and was an Emmy-nominated reporter for WCBS Television and a correspondent for the CBS Evening News.  He covered a range of domestic and international stories including the terror attacks of September 11th, the death of John F. Kennedy Jr., the crash of TWA Flight 800 and a series of reports from Interpol on narcotics, weapons and human trafficking.  His career took a turn when he worked for the New York Police Department, followed by Merrill Lynch, and most recently with Barclays PLC. He now works for Elliott Management Corporation that administers two multi-strategy hedge funds which combined have more than $25 billion in assets under management. 

Michael has even appeared in the feature film, City Hall, and the HBO series, The Sopranos. Conference attendees will be inspired by his keynote address, Crisis Communication and Media Relations: Career & Other Life Lessons.  We are excited to hear his advice and tips for a successful career in the communication industry.

Register today for the Marist PRSSA Regional Conference to hear Michael O’Looney speak at our keynote lunch from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. on February 28, 2015.